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Omnivore - Use good taste at Taste of Atlanta

This weekend is the outdoor food festival known as Taste of Atlanta. Along with great food, the eight-year-old event also has live music performances and appearances from celebrity chefs. In fact, our very own columnist Richard Blais of Top Chef fame will be speaking at the main stage from noon to 12:45 on Saturday. But with over 80 restaurants showcased, how are you to choose? We here at Creative Loafing have taken it upon ourselves to make your life easier by compiling some of our favorite restaurant reviews along with what they're be serving. Bon apetit!

4th and Swift

- Roasted Berkshire City Ham with Fall Root Vegetable Slaw and Quince Chutney

- Parsnip Soup with Crispy Duck

Desta

- Fish Tibs

- Lamb Awaze

- Veggie Sampler

Flip

- Organic Grass Fed Flip Burger

- Liquid Nitrogen Milkshake

Legal Sea Foods

- Clam Chowder

Market

- Vietnamese Chicken Curry

- Short Rib Vinaigrette

- Kulfi Lollipops

Parish

- Louisiana Crab Melt

- Olive Oil Poached Tuna w/ Lemon Thyme and Sweet and Sour GA. Beet Relish

Restaurant Eugene

- Whole Pig Sliders with GA BBQ and pickles

- Boiled Peach and Sorghum ice cream with dark chocolate

Sun Dial Restaurant & Lounge

- Butternut squash with pumpkin seed pesto soup

- Venison Chili with Goat Cheese Grits

Top Flr

- Pork Belly with Apple Sauce(Saturday) Duck Sausage (Sunday)

- Duck Confit Salad

- Chocolate Brownie Cake

West Egg Cafe

- Red Velvet Cupcake

- Coca-Cola Cupcake

- Pig and Grits (pulled pork over grits)

$30-$65. Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m-6 p.m. Tech Square, Spring and Fifth streets. 404-875-4434. www.tasteofatlanta.net.

(Photo by Joeff Davis)